Beyond Traditional Boundaries
The interdisciplinary studies program was developed for students who cannot find a traditional major that fits them. Rather than following a traditional curriculum, interdisciplinary students design their own major, choosing the courses that best suit their individualized goals.
While designing their own curriculum, students meet frequently for one-on-one help from their advisor. Students develop a biblical worldview and the needed skills for today’s job market.
Of students participate in an internship
Student weekly meeting with academic advisor
Lowest debt at graduation among Michigan colleges
On average, tuition is $4,000 less than comparable Christian colleges
Students with an interdisciplinary studies degree will be well equipped with the skills employers require. Rather than looking for specialized skills, employers want staff who can communicate well, think critically, and work well with others. Students in the interdisciplinary program will learn these skills.
Human Resource Specialist
Build your resume with an internship personalized to your program. Together with your advisor you will choose a placement that aligns with your career goals.
Church of the Servant
Forest Hills Presbyterian
Scott Allen Creative
Wedgwood Christian Services
Pine Rest Mental Health Services
Tall Turf Ministries
Youth for Christ
Prepared to Make a Difference
Interdisciplinary students will graduate ready to address the complex problems our world faces, synthesizing knowledge from a wide variety of fields to address these issues while also approaching them from a biblical perspective. Interdisciplinary students will possess curiosity about a wide array of knowledge, risk thinking outside of traditional categories, and push themselves to work diligently in addressing issues they feel passionate about solving.
“The interdisciplinary program taught me how to be a problem-solver, connection-maker, and critical thinker. The skills I gained prepared me for a career path full of opportunities.”Kristyn DeNooyer Wyoming, Michigan
Learn from professors who share your passions and interests.
Our professors have many years of experience across a wide variety of disciplines. They are eager to help you discern the ways you can serve God’s church and world. Crucially, our professors bring together theory and practice; they are experts in their fields through their own study and practical experience.
Andrew ZwartInterdisciplinary Studies Program Director
Each interdisciplinary student will design a curriculum that is unique to them. As they do so, they will draw from the disciplines that Kuyper excels in: ministry leadership, social work, business leadership, among others. Students may also take online classes or transfer credits from other institutions for their major. During their final year, students complete a capstone project as well as an internship that provides deep theoretical and practical knowledge in their chosen field.
Intro to Biblical Interpretation
This course explores the basic principles of biblical interpretation and provides students with the necessary tools for reading, studying, and understanding the Bible and applying its teaching to ministry in today’s church and cultures. This course is a prerequisite for any Bible elective course.
This course develops skills in communication behavior necessary for building and maintaining relationships and communication across cultures. We examine the influence of perceptions, verbal and nonverbal styles, thinking modes, symbols, and values on communication between individuals of different cultures and backgrounds.
Principles and Practices of Reformed Worldview
This course examines a biblical, Reformed worldview through the lens of John Calvin’s life and the tradition of his theology. The course focuses on comparing and contrasting the Reformed worldview with various modern and postmodern worldviews and on gaining skills in utilizing a biblical, Reformed worldview to address the social and ethical issues of contemporary culture.
This course provides an analysis of human diversity in the context of North American social structures and intercultural dynamics. We examine how race, gender, age, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, and religious beliefs shape interpersonal relationships and social development. We explore underlying issues of social justice and oppression within a Reformed worldview perspective, with case studies focusing on the international dimensions of generalist social work practice.
Introduction to Philosophy
This course is an introduction to the nature, tasks, and skills of philosophy. Students will engage foundational philosophical issues by critically examining readings by classic and contemporary philosophers. This course includes an assessment of the value of philosophy for Christian life and ministry.
Principles of Speech
This course involves the study of basic principles in introductory public speaking, emphasizing thesis, speaking modes and occasions, organization strategies, and audience considerations. The ethics of speaking will be discussed. Students will practice their speaking, presentation, listening and evaluation skills, and appropriate use of visual aids.